Smoking ban concerns brought to Marion council

Marion, Ill. – Local tavern owners have asked Mayor Robert Butler and his police department to enforce state smoking bans.

Butler told the Marion City Council Monday that he had been approached about certain taverns which are allowing smoking.

“They are concerned about our enforcement of the no smoking ban,” Butler said. He said one tavern in particular is apparently posting smoking hours at the business.

Public safety commissioner Jay Rix said the police department has been monitoring bars for such violations, but will step up efforts in light of the complaints.

The Council discussed the need to add a city ordinance in order to crack down on violations.

Commissioner Bob Owens pointed out that liquor ordinances already require taverns to follow state laws.

“It’s simple then,” Butler said. “If you violate the state law, it could be grounds to suspend or revoke your license. We can do that if that’s what it takes.”


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